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Friday, March 30, 2012

Moving from Darkness into the Light: Impact Investing in the Rural Electrification Ecosystem

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Session Description

Location: Edmond Safra Lecture Theatre
Reliable access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa and India is critical in lifting people from poverty to prosperity.  The gap between demand and supply of electricity in these regions provides real opportunities for investors to attain financial returns while creating platforms for additional broad positive social change.  Panelists at this session will use real case studies to show how to invest in technological innovations addressing this gap, and will preview rapidly emerging new commercial and social benefit products and services designed to meet the needs of the world’s newest electricity consumers.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, March 30

Session leaders

  • Dipender Saluja Speaker
    Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
    Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Capricorn manages about $5 billion in assets for Jeff Skoll, the Skoll Foundation, and others who strive for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate large scale impact. Capricorn's investment process is grounded in comprehensive perspectives on long-term, global trends in technology, energy, healthcare, transportation and agriculture. Some of Capricorn’s past and current investments include Tesla, Planet Labs, QuantumScape, Innovium, SpaceX, Twitter, and Helion Energy. Prior to Capricorn, Dipender was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design, where he built and managed businesses that worked closely with electronics companies around the world. Prior to that he was at Data General (EMC), Honeywell, ROLM (IBM), and the GF Energy Research Center. He is an electrical engineer by training, and attended UND, Univ of Minnesota and Stanford. Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, GotIt!, Encell, Innovium, Joby Aviation, Navitas Semi, QuantumScape, RayVio, Saildrone, Sense and Sunpreme, and on the investment committee of PRIME. He is based in Palo Alto, CA.
  • Harris Mehos Speaker
    Director, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
    Harris Mehos is a Director in the Structured Finance Group at OPIC where he is responsible for originating and underwriting long term capital facilities supporting private sector investments in projects throughout the developing world. Prior to joining OPIC in 2009, Harris had over twenty years of banking experience and most recently led Ambac Assurance’s Commercial Asset Backed Securities Group for ten years where he was a Managing Director.
  • Nikunj Jinsi Speaker
    Global Head, Venture Capital, International Finance Corporation
    Nikunj Jinsi, Global Head, Venture Capital International Finance Corporation Nikunj Jinsi joined IFC in 2003 and heads IFC’s Venture Capital investment team globally. At IFC, Nikunj has led over 25 growth equity investments, several of which have had successful exits, for which IFC acted as a (co-)lead, involving other leading private equity and strategic players, and has taken on board positions on several of IFC’s portfolio companies Prior to joining IFC in Washington DC, Nikunj spent nine years living and working in Asia. He was a Managing Director for one of Asia's leading venture funds. Earlier Nikunj spent 4 years in the Asian investment banking industry providing M&A and corporate finance services to clients throughout the region. In addition, he was the co-owner of South East Asia's largest independent marketing communications agency. Nikunj has an MBA degree from Stanford University, and an M Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.